WordPress Hosting: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(A guest post written by our friends & hosting experts over at 1-Grid.com)
WordPress is the world’s most popular Content Management System and accounts for over 32% of all websites on the World Wide Web. The CMS platform launched as blogging software at its inception in 2003. Today, the platform has endless capabilities; over 55 000 plugins, countless themes and supports a multitude of applications.
Contrary to the title of this post, there isn’t a lot of ugly aspects of WordPress. It remains the simplest, most cost-effective and accessible content management system to date, plus the fact they always improve and innovate to bring users the most seamless user experience makes them elite. Apart from WordPress being the most popular tool to build a website globally, there are countless other benefits to using WordPress:
- Easy to manage from multiple devices
- Have full control over your site
- Search Engine Optimization
- Extend functionality with plugins
- No HTML editing required
- Open source
WordPress is a robust content management tool that can host different kinds of websites with differing functionalities. From hosting blogging sites to E-commerce, business sites, portfolios and personal websites, WordPress allows you to build websites, add webpages and manage content with no coding knowledge required.
WordPress also allows you to customise metadata and optimise images. You also have endless amounts of SEO plugins to choose from that will give you an added organic advantage. And in the digital era of smartphones, it’s also essential to ensure that you use a mobile-first approach in website design and all WordPress themes favour intuitive design.
- You are responsible for security;
- Content backups;
- And Installing updates
- Does not come with a built-in drag and drop functionality
The good outweighs the bad because the security aspect, backups and update installations can be easily solved by opting to get Managed WordPress hosting. If you’ve decided on using WordPress to build and manage your website content, carefully consider all the WordPress Hosting options available in South Africa.
But first, what is WordPress Hosting? WordPress Hosting is hosting that is optimized to run WordPress sites specifically. It will typically feature an easy one-click WordPress install and automatic WordPress core updates. Plus, a WordPress Host will have a technical support team that is well-versed in WordPress. There are four different types of WordPress Hosting:
Shared WordPress hosting:
Shared WordPress hosting is perfect for low traffic websites like personal blogs or portfolios.
The good: It is a cost-effective option and is easy to setup.
The bad: You share an IP address with other websites, and it could put you at risk of being flagged if the other websites you share space with are doing illegal or unethical things.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS):
Virtual Private Servers offer improved performance, more resources and greater stability. If the WordPress websites you are hosting require a lot of plugins then this is the option to consider.
The good: Privacy, more control and security. There are fewer clients on one server as opposed to shared hosting, and this impacts loading speed positively.
The bad: You’ll need to install database software yourself
Dedicated WordPress Server:
High performance dedicated servers accommodate very high levels of traffic and offer you complete freedom and security.
The good: You have complete control over the server that you can lease to other websites. Plus, the high-performance and speed are unmatched.
The bad: Its high investment and a certain level of technical skill are required to run your own server.
Managed WordPress Hosting:
Managed WordPress Hosting is also for high traffic websites and offers lightning-fast website speed.
The good: Enhanced security and your website is updated and backed up automatically.
The bad: Limited to only using WordPress and it’s a high investment option.
For entre-level websites, opt for a shared WordPress Hosting package for the low cost. When scaling and growing your business, go the VPS route for more freedom. Larger companies with high traffic volumes and security concerns are better suited for Dedicated WordPress Servers. Managed WordPress Hosting will allow you to focus on content and other aspects of your business, while someone else takes care of the technical aspects.
We hope this article makes choosing the right WordPress hosting option for your website a little easier.
The ugly; not taking full advantage of a powerful content management system like WordPress for your business website.